International Field Study

W20 Puerto Rico – Hard Hats & Foundations: Community Build

Travel to beautiful Puerto Rico! Aid in hurricane relief efforts, rebuild homes and communities while experiencing the vibrant culture, stunning beaches and lush rain forest of this amazing tropical island. Projects will focus on rebuilding efforts with individual families whose homes were severely damaged by the high winds and flooding attributable to Hurricane Maria.

This video was put together by Georgia Tech to summarize their experience in Puerto Rico. See how this experience will transform a community and its people, provide you with valuable perspective, the opportunity to practice your skills in the field while working as a team alongside local community members, and achieving personal growth!

Day 1| San Juan

February 23, 2020

Touch down in San Juan, Puerto Rico and meet your local guides! After checking into our accommodation at the Big Yellow House, we will have the change to relax and get accustomed to the tropical air.

Day 2| San Juan

February 24, 2020

Today we depart for Viejo San Juan, the colonial heart of one of the oldest European cities of the Americas – take a short stroll through the cobblestone streets of Viejo San Juan to meet Alvin Robles, owner of a local eco-tourism company who will inform the group of Puerto Rico’s vibrant past from an insider’s perspective with an interactive tour of the historic district. Enjoy a traditional Boriqua lunch at one of Old San Juan’s oldest eateries, El Jibarito and cool off from a warm day in the tranquil waters of the Caribbean.  Later we will viewing of a documentary film which chronicles the tremendous impact of Hurricane Maria on the island.

Day 3| Villa Del Rio

February 25, 2020

This morning we load in our vans and drive into the tropical hills above Cerro Gordo and enter the community of Villa del Rio to begin our reconstruction projects. Projects will focus on rebuilding efforts with individual families whose homes were severely damaged by the high winds and flooding attributable to Hurricane Maria. At noon we break for a traditional Puerto Rican lunch prepared by members of the community. In the afternoon we continue our service projects before returning to Cerro Gordo for volleyball, basketball or simple, relaxing downtime.

Day 4| Villa Del Rio

February 26, 2020

We return to Villa del Rio and we continue our hurricane relief efforts which are driven by needs identified by the community members themselves. Lunch will be prepared by the community. After a returning to our service projects in the afternoon we drive back to Cerro Gordo for volleyball, basketball, beach time and salsa dance lessons.

Day 5| Sustainable Forestry Project

February 27, 2020

Today we are introduced to the Sustainable Forestry Project and continue with our hurricane relief efforts before returning to home base for an Iron Chef competition!

Day 6 & 7| El Yunque

February 28, 29 2020

Today we travel to El Yunque – the Carribean Basin’s finest example of tropical rainforrest and wilderness area. We will ascend into the clouds and hike along El Angelito Trail, grab a beachside lunch at Los Kioskos de Luquillo before settling in at our lodging in the coastal community of Luquillo. Dip our paddles into the spectacular bioluminescent bay on a sunset kayaking excursion and have our final group dinner in Fajardo.

Day 8| Toronto

March 1, 2020

Sit back, relax and reflect on the amazing experience that was Puerto Rico

  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation
  • Travel Insurance
  • All Meals
  • Hurricane Relief Projects
  • Construction Materials
  • Salsa Lessons
  • El Yunque Tour
  • Sunset Kayaking
  • & More!

PAYMENT TERMS

Deposit
Second Payment
Third Payment
Fourth Payment
Final Payment

PAYMENT AMOUNT

550
550
550
550
250 +/-

PAYMENT AMOUNT

10/07/2019
11/04/2019
12/09/2019
01/20/2019
02/10/2020

*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.

APPROXIMATE. PRICE
2449 +/- ($500 Grant Applied)

TRIP DATE 02/23/2020

TO

03/01/2020

TRIP DESTINATION
Puerto Rico

PROGRAM

This opportunity is available to all Niagara College students and alumni within 6 months of graduation. Please note that part-time students are not eligible for the Be World Ready Grant.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
10/07/2019

Payment Options

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email [email protected] and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at [email protected] on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to [email protected]
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
 
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.
 
 

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email [email protected] a copy/photo.

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